staying connected

I'm not talking about making sure you've got a good WiFi connection... to me, the worst part of traveling so often for work is being away from my loved ones. It's SO important to me that they know that there is no such thing as out-of-sight-out-of-mind when it comes to love.

Real mail... honest-to-goodness, hold it in your hand, put a stamp on it mail is such a nice way to stay connected. My Grammie and I used to exchange letters all the time, and after she passed, I realized that these letters were almost like a journal that she wrote to me. It was so nice to know what she was doing and how she was, even when she wasn't doing well. Just to stay clued in and connected made me feel so much closer to her even though we were more than a thousand miles apart. 

When I travel to interesting places or take big trips, I send my nephews postcards for their collection. It's something I've been doing for them since they were far too young to read them, but they still have them and they're the kind of souvenir that you never really outgrow. 

And even though it's just a couple hours' drive away, I like to send Ray a little card to let him know he's on my mind. Our schedules don't always line up so that we can FaceTime or talk when I get off of work (I'm usually on the late shift here and don't finish until he's asleep). Plus it's nice to open the mailbox and find something other than bills! 

Write someone a note or letter this week and let them know they're on your mind. It's an easy way to show gratitude and to stay mindful of our loved ones when we can't be with them.